Russians have bad missile launches as well.

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vLG2pxhJscQ]

Whoops. First, kinda insane launching inside the harbor.

19 thoughts on “Russians have bad missile launches as well.”

  1. I don’t think it was a launch, I think the missile battery malfunctioned. You can hear the ship’s GQ alarm right at the end.

    1. No, that was a launch. They do live-fire demos for their version of fleet week. This one just didn’t go quite as planned.

  2. Wonder if the launch result had anything to do with the askew radar antenna on the main mast?

    1. The Russians also use V beam height finding. Not sure if the antenna skew on that particular model is for V beam but that is a possibility. Sidelobe cancellation is commonly done with omnis. The 4 small antennas (high pair & low pair) arrayed around the SPS-49 (for example) are for coherent sidelobe cancellation. The backside antenna might function as a sidelobe blanker, which is a slightly different idea.

  3. The Russkie talks big, but frankly, he’s short of know how. I mean, you just can’t expect a bunch of ignorant peons to understand a machine like some of our boys do.

    1. Not exactly fair criticism there.

      True, the low-level labor force is made up of conscripts, and most of the actual technical work gets done at the CPO / JO level, but that doesn’t mean that Ivan’s totally incompetent.

    2. The Russkie talks big, but frankly, he’s short of know how. I mean, you just can’t expect a bunch of ignorant peons to understand a machine like some of our boys do.
      LOL ic wut u did thar

    3. Heh. Take your average Russkie, we all know how much guts he’s got. Hell, lookit all them Nazis killed off and they still wouldn’t quit!

    4. (but in the light of morning and with enough coffee I must be standing up straighter – the joke didn’t go over my head this time.)

  4. Go to that guy’s channel (dmitro sevastopol) and watch the rest of the show. Pretty cool stuff. There’s a Rapoucha (Hull no 151) emptying a magazine of shore bombardment rockets from even deeper in the harbor.

    1. Buncha tracks lined up on the breakwater firing mains out to sea as well. And a Grisha shooting asw rockets.

  5. To me, it looks like the missile is boosted by a couple of JATO bottles, which weren’t properly attached to the missile. JATOs detach prematurely and go squirrely, leaving the missile with just enough oomph to clear the launch tube but not light the main engine. Way back in the age of dinosaurs I was in a Navy squadron that maintained and launched target drones. Drones had small turbojet engines and were boosted by JATO bottles. So this looks familiar (except in my experience, our JATO bottles stayed attached until they burned out!)

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